Elisabeth Ribbans, Managing Editor has written a piece for The Guardian, published Monday 4 June, about #presschange4youth after meeting YMA  at the Bath Conference on Childhood and Media.  She mentions our submission to the Leveson endorsed by 105 supporting organisations and the research we carried out in November last year. the campaign is currently calling for a debate on having ‘age’ included in the Editors Code and want to ensure that the Press Complaints Commission is accessible for children and young people.

The Guardian have shown pioneering good practice when it comes to children and young people from working with Live Magazine to creating ‘by kids for kids’ a children’s Book review site.

However, Elisabeth goes on to admit that more could be done to ensure young journalists have real opportunities in the media, especially in light of regional media declining and “newsrooms are not as young as they were”. This could be were Youth Media steps in. We will be launching the Youth Media Directory of over 300 youth media organisations end of July – and would like to see more youth media such as Live Magazine partnered with mainstream media and the Press Association. In order to find alternatives for young people to access pathways to media careers and encourage young voices.

Elisabeth and Dennis Gyamfi (Endz2Endz) at the Bath Conference, April 20

Read Elisabeth’s article here.

 

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Hi Susana! Just wanted to tell you I thought the event was absolutely fantastic - so enjoyable and informative at the same time, got so many contacts so will hopefully be ready for some work experience soon! Thanks :) I was even thinking of doing an assembly about the Youth Media Agency and bridging the gap between youth and mainstream media at my school - I think the message really needs to be delivered!"

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